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Media banned from reporting on Reserve Bank of Australia corruption scandal

Reserve Bank

On 29 July 2014, WikiLeaks releases an unprecedented Australian censorship order concerning a multi-million dollar corruption case explicitly naming the current and past heads of state of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, their relatives and other senior officials. The super-injunction invokes “national security” grounds to prevent reporting about the case, by anyone, in order to “prevent damage to Australia‘s international relations”. ... Read More »

Australia’s NSA (ASIO) seeks spy access to global internet

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New national security legislation designed to make it easy for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to tap, access, and disrupt target and third-party computers and networks is so broad that it could in effect give ASIO access to every computer on the internet, according to legal experts. Attorney-General George Brandis introduced legislation into the parliament last month that would ... Read More »

China declares Australia a military threat over US war pact

John Kerry Australia war pact

China’s state-run media have declared Australia a threat to its national security, after Australia finalized a 25-year military pact with the United States. The United States currently has 1,200 troops from the Marine Corps and Air Force training with Australian troops for humanitarian and disaster relief. The defense agreement will increase the number of U.S. troops at Darwin in northern ... Read More »

Australian unemployment rate hits 12-year high

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Unemployment has jumped to the highest level in more than 12 years, following a surprise fall in jobs growth. The jobless rate rose to a seasonally adjusted 6.4 per cent from 6 per cent in June, its highest point since August 2002. The economy lost 300 jobs in July: While 14,500 full-time positions were added, 14,800 part-time jobs disappeared. The ... Read More »

Australian journalist forced to resign following criticism of Israel

Mike Carlton journalist

Former Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton says he resigned from the paper because he was “sick of being stuffed around” over his angry response to critics of one of his articles. Carlton’s column, which was published more than a week ago, was critical of Israel‘s actions in the conflict with Gaza. He resigned last night after being told by ... Read More »

Australia to create internet tax to fund spying on citizens

Stop spying

The Australian government is pushing to implement a ”surveillance tax” on the people of the country in order to pay for a mandate that would see communications companies retaining data on customers for two years. In a disturbing development that should serve as a warning to Americans, the Australian Attorney-General admitted that the surveillance system is ”under active consideration by ... Read More »

Australia scraps carbon tax

Tony Abbott Australia

Tony Abbott has hailed the repeal of the “useless, destructive” carbon tax, pledging to reduce greenhouse emissions without the “international oddity” of a broadbased carbon price. The Prime Minister, while claiming victory after a five-year campaign against carbon pricing, also launched a new campaign against the Labor Party’s promise to take a replacement emissions trading scheme to the next election. ... Read More »

Australian judge is open to pedophilia and incest

Australian judge law

An Australian judge has incurred the wrath of child protection and gay rights advocates after stating that incest and pedophilia may no longer be considered taboo – just as gay relationships are now more accepted than they were in the 1950s and 60s. District Court Judge Garry Neilson was recorded as saying that sexual contact between adults and children or ... Read More »

Australia fails to repeal carbon tax, here’s why…

Al Gore Clive Palmer carbon tax

The Abbott Government’s bid to bring on an early Senate vote to repeal the carbon tax has backfired after an eleventh-hour switch from the Palmer United Party to withdraw its support. The Senate rejected the bills to repeal the carbon tax, after a dramatic morning in which PUP leader Clive Palmer claimed he and his senators had been “double-crossed” by ... Read More »

Australian police using NSA style surveillance on public

Tower

Australian law-enforcement has been exposed scooping metadata from thousands of mobile phones of ordinary citizens, using the same kind of equipment and methods previously attributed to US police and intelligence agencies, like the NSA and FBI. A US-invented technique dubbed ‘tower dump’ is now enabling Australian police to learn the exact location, established contacts and duration of calls of a ... Read More »